Congenital heart disorders occur in approximately eight out of every 1,000 newborns. These disorders can range from mild to severe, with two to three babies in 1,000 displaying signs of a heart defect requiring medical intervention.
The Heart Program – a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders – serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect.
Our children's heart centers and clinics offers the most innovative, least invasive approaches in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery to the treatment of congenital heart disease, including many first-in-the-world procedures that were pioneered right here by the Heart Program’s own internationally renowned pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
A Team Approach to Care Makes a Difference
As the largest and most experienced cardiac team in South Florida, The Heart Program is comprised of:
- Two pediatric cardiac surgeons
- 16 pediatric cardiologists
- Three dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists
- Six cardiac intensivists
- Three interventional cardiologists
- Five cardiac imaging physicians
- 16 dedicated nurse practitioners
Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story
Our children's Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.
What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.
Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™ network.
A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts
During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in children's cardiology.
In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.